Živilė Balčiūnaitė

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Živilė Balčiūnaitė
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Živilė Balčiūnaitė at the 2010 Golden Spike Ostrava
Personal information
Nationality  Lithuania
Born (1979-04-03) 3 April 1979 (age 35)
Vilnus, Lithuania
Sport
Country Lithuania
Sport Running
Achievements and titles
Regional finals 1st, 2010
National finals 1st, 2000
2nd, 2001, 2009

Živilė Balčiūnaitė (born 3 April 1979[1] in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian long-distance runner. Balčiūnaitė finished 4th at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. B She also competed in the same event at the 2004 Olympics, finishing 14th. She finished 11th at the 2008 Olympics.[1]

Biography[edit]

In April 2011, the Athletics Federation of Lithuania announced Balčiūnaitė has been banned for two years for a positive drug test and will be stripped of her gold medal from Barcelona. Balčiūnaitė has said she is innocent and said the positive drug test was a result of a drug prescription by her gynecologist.[2]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics 10th 3000 m 9:34.01
1999 European U23 Championships in Athletics 5th 10,000 m 33:47.13
2001 European U23 Championships in Athletics 5th 10,000 m 34:04.34
2004 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 14th Marathon 2:35:01
2006 2006 European Championships in Athletics Gothenburg, Sweden 4th Marathon 2:31:01
2007 2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan 33rd Marathon 2:43:28
2008 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 11th Marathon 2:29:33
2009 2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany 19th Marathon 2:31:06
2010 2010 European Championships in Athletics Barcelona, Spain dq Marathon 2:31:14
2013 2013 World Championships in Athletics Moscow, Russia 20th Marathon 2:41:09 SB

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Živilė Balčiūnaitė". ESPN. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lithuanian marathon runner Balciunaite banned for 2 years after positive doping test". The Washington Post (The Associated Press). 5 April 2011. Archived from the original on 5 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 

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